PASADENA — A 38-year-old man accused of killing his 61-year-old roommate at an assisted living center for the mentally ill is due to appear in court to face a murder charge Thursday, officials said.
Paul Jason Lopez was scheduled to be arraigned in Pasadena Superior Court in connection with the killing of Monday’s slaying of George Shatford at the Pasadena Residential Care Center in the 1400 block of North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Phlunte Riddle said.
In the meantime, he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Shatford was found dead in the room he shared with Shatford, police said. Though ligature marks were found around his neck, leading police to suspect strangulation, Shatford’s officials cause of death was to be determined through an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
The motive in the slaying remained unclear Wednesday, and whether or not the men had been involved in previous arguments or fights was not disclosed.
“At this particular point, I don’t know the motive,” Riddle said. “We don’t have a reason behind Mr. Lopez’s actions.”
Though the facility where the men lived cares for mentally ill residents, police said due to federal medical privacy law, they could not discuss why he was housed at the assisted living home.